How the tournament changed since 1955

  • Until 1992, the tournament was known as the European Cup and had just 16 teams competing in four knockout rounds.
  • In 1960, the tournament expanded to 32 teams.
  • The 32 teams are split into eight groups of four. Each team plays the other three teams in their respective group in a double round-robin format.
  • The winner and runner-up of each group progress to the round of 16, where teams will continue the normal knockout stage process.

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UEFA Champions League

The UEFA Champions League is one of the most prestigious soccer tournaments in all sport. It consists of 32 teams that compete in five rounds for the title of the best club in European soccer.

The first UEFA Champions League tournament was held during the 1955/56 season. Since then, it has been played annually.

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The number of teams each association enters into the UEFA Champions League is based on UEFA coefficients of the member associations.

  • The scores are made up from the results of clubs representing each association during the previous five EUFA Champions League and EUFA Europa League seasons.
  • The higher the association's coefficient, the more teams can represent the association.
  • Two qualification streams exist for teams that don't receive direct entry to the tournament: through a domestic league champion, and those who qualified by being 2nd through 4th in their domestic league.

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  • The 32 teams compete in a double round-robin format or group stage.
  • Group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16, which is the first round of the knockout phase.
  • Teams are ordered by points: three points for a win, one point for a tie, and no points for a loss.
  • If tied on points, tie-breaking criteria apply.

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Draw

A draw takes place for the round of 16. The remaining clubs are split into two pots of eight: One contains the winners of each respective group, the other the runners-up. A club is drawn from each pot to determine what the matchups would be.

Knockout-Phase Legs and Tiebreakers

Two teams are drawn together for each round. The teams play two matches, each squad playing one match at home. The group winners host the second leg in the round of 16.

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... the teams are split into four different "pots" based on the following principles.

  • Pot 1 contains the Champions League titleholders, the champions of the top six associations based on their EUFA coefficients.
  • Plot 2, 3 and 4 contain the rest of the teams, seeded based on their previous year's EUFA club coefficients.
  • Then a team is drawn from each pot until there are eight groups of four.

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Men's:

  1. William Renshaw - 7 singles, 5 doubles
  2. Laurence Doherty - 5 singles, 7 doubles
  3. Reginald Doherty - 4 singles, 7 doubles
  4. John McEnroe - 3 singles, 5 doubles
  5. Roger Federer - 8 singles
  6. Pete Sampras - 7 singles
  7. Rod Laver - 4 singles, 1 doubles, 2 mixed doubles

Women's:

  1. Billie Jean King - 6 singles, 10 doubles, 4 mixed doubles
  2. Martina Navratilova - 9 singles, 7 doubles, 4 mixed doubles
  3. Elizabeth Ryan - 12 doubles, 7 mixed doubles
  4. Suzanne Lenglen - 6 singles, 6 doubles, 3 mixed doubles
  5. Serena Williams - 7 singles, 6 doubles, 1 mixed doubles

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A thirteen-nation tournament took place in July 1930, in a series of 18 matches to form the first-ever International Football World Cup. This happened in Uruguay, and the home team were also crowned the first World Cup Champions.

This was at a time when an economic depression took place in Europe, causing hesitation among many part-time or amateur players to travel to play the Cup.

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Origins of basketball
  • In 1891, James Naismith, a physical education teacher, created a new game to keep his students engaged during the winter months. The game had to be playable indoors and accommodate several players at once. It needed to provide exercise without a chance for more severe injuries.
  • Two peach baskets nailed to the lower rail of the gymnasium balcony served as goals. The students would play on teams to try and get a ball into their team's basket. The first game was a complete brawl.
  • During the first game, the students were tackling, kicking and punching. One boy was knocked out, some had black eyes, and one had a dislocated shoulder. Afterwards, they nagged Naismith to let them play again.
  • He created some rules and continued to modify them into 13 rules - known as the original 13 rules. Some of the original rules are still part of the modern game today.

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